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Technical Tuesday Episode #552: Cottage Style Them With Graywash Stain

November 30th, 2021

Last Tech Tuesday for the month of November, wine cellar fans! How crazy is that? Only one more month to go and we will be saying goodbye to 2021. But there’s still more than enough time to showcase a few more wine cellar projects. We’re hoping these will inspire you guys to get started on yours. For today’s episode, let’s check out this cottage theme racking arrangement:

Project # 329898
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 560
Where: Smyrna, GA
Stain: Graywash

Cottage theme for wine cellarLast week, we featured a beautiful wine room with a farmhouse chic motif. Today’s Tech Tuesday exudes an almost similar vibe. The common denominator is the stain option chosen for the racking units. This goes to show just how much an impact stains and finishes can make on a wine cellar project. It’s relatively easy to get the look you want by finding the right wood and stain combination. In clients’ case here, it’s the union between Rustic Pine and Graywash Stain. Note that Graywash was instrumental in helping create that farmhouse chic look. So it only stands to reason that it’s the ideal choice for a cottage theme. The cottage style also has several variations. Some are very rustic, some are very modern, and others are somewhere in between. But in general, it has a romantic appeal. If you don’t want to go full-on with this aesthetic, then you can balance it out with minimalistic silhouettes. That’s exactly what our clients did here:

Rustic feel with Graywash StainYou can see how racking units come together in a seamless manner. To keep it subdued, the lines are kept clean. See how there are no curved corner racks or Quarter Round Shelves used. Moreover, Rustic Pine is the wood option to make the wine cellar have a more comfortable appeal. The wood has natural creamy colors punctuated by subtle, structurally sound knots. These are accentuated by the Graywash Stain. The result is a comfy, casual appearance, perfect for a home wine cellar. *Cheers*


Farmhouse Chic Vibes With Graywash Stained Racks

November 25th, 2021

Home renovation is no longer limited to the “common” areas. By that, we mean your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living area. These days, there’s another section of the home that’s gaining more and more attention: the wine cellar. You can totally set a theme for your wine cellar design. It’s longer just putting up wine racks and installing a cooling unit. We’re loving the direction our clients took on theirs. This farmhouse chic vibe is right up our alley:

Farmhouse chic vibes w/ Graywash stainThe traditional country style is indeed a popular one with wine cellar projects. But there are those who feel like it’s a tad generic. Our clients took it to another level by modifying that style. Instead of just the usual country charm, they went the farmhouse chic route on their wine room. But before we go into the finer details, what exactly is “farmhouse chic”? It’s an emerging style trend wherein classic country and modern minimalism meet somewhere in the middle. The overall design is usually relaxed and rustic, but with modern touches scattered here and there. It’s all about the play of textures and tones in a mix of materials.

Loving the farmhouse chic feel!Our clients were able to achieve this look by focusing on specific elements in their wine cellar. These are the racking arrangement, flooring, and lighting. Note that a “weathered” appearance of the wood is key. Weathered wood exudes warmth and richness giving off a welcoming aura. So clients went with a Graywash stain option for their racking units. It’s a very attractive stain that is both traditional and modern. Graywash is actually semi-transparent, much like Whitewash. There is no texture that comes through. As you can see from these photos, the result is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. It’s the perfect balance between old country charm and clean and contemporary.

Graywash stain on Grand Mahogany racksGrand Mahogany is the wood option for this project. It’s a high-end hardwood with moderately coarse grain pattern. As mentioned earlier, the play on textures and tones is essential to achieving the farmhouse chic style. That’s why Grand Mahogany is a solid choice. Also, statement accessories in various metal materials like steel, iron, and brass will tie up the look nicely. In clients’ case, they focused on the lighting elements. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: When Is It Too Cold For Your Wine?

November 24th, 2021
Is there such a thing as “too cold” temperature for wine? Can you keep your wine bottles in the fridge? These are some of the more frequently asked questions when it comes to wine storage. If you’re the type to immediately consume a bottle once it’s popped open, this won’t be much of an issue. But if you open too many at one time, then you’ll need to know how to preserve them.
 Too cold for your  wine?
What is a “too cold” temperature for wine?

The Golden Rule when it comes to wine bottles is to keep them under the ideal storage conditions 24/7. Sudden fluctuations in temperature can be detrimental to the aging of your wine. However, studies show that cool temperatures are not nearly as dangerous to wine as heat. If you live in cooler climates, you might just be a tad luckier. But what temperature is considered as “too cold” for wine? As long as the wine is gradually cooled and does not experience a sharp drop in temperature, the cold will not affect the aging process.

However, keep in mind that when exposed colder temperatures, the wine will expand. This will put pressure on both the cork and the bottle. Also, the wine will crystalize and freeze between 15-20◦F. This may cause the bottle to crack or the cork to pop, both of which will cause oxidization. That’s why a sharp drop in temperature should be avoided. For example, if you have an opened wine bottle at the dinner table, don’t shove it in the freezer after. That is a surefire way to “kill” your wine.

Keep your wines from getting too cold!

How do you combat “too cold” temperatures?

Now how do you prevent your wine bottles from freezing? If you live in much colder climates, what is the proper storage solution? Storing your bottles in an insulated and sealed space that has temperature and humidity control is key. This is why a wine refrigerator is a necessity. Wine refrigerators are designed to ensure that ideal wine storage conditions are maintained 24/7. Another solution would be to invest in a wine cabinet. A refrigerated wine cabinet which you can also customize is a great option. WCI actually offers custom refrigerated wine cabinets with our WineZone catalog. Now what if you do not have a designated storage area? You will need to store your wines in an insulated room in the house. This is why basement wine cellars are highly recommended. A wine cellar cooling system needs to be installed in most cases. It’s imperative that the temperature does not drop below 45◦F, especially during winter. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #551: Light & Easy W/ Unstained Vintner Racks

November 22nd, 2021

We believe that your wine cellar style should suit your personality. After all, as a wine lover, it reflects a part of who you are. So let’s check out today’s Tech Tuesday featuring a light and easy design:

Project # 332034
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 864
Where: Montgomery, OH
Stain: Unstained

Light and easy Vintner racksOur clients exude quite the relaxed, easygoing aura. It only makes sense that their wine cellar also gives off the same statement. They worked with our team of professionals to come up with this wonderful design. It’s a simple yet spacious setup with the help of our Vintner Series. The racking arrangement is versatile, with enough room for over 800 bottles. The focus is on the Individual Bottle Columns, but there are also racking units for bulk bottle storage. You can see from the photo below a mix of Diamond  Bins with Face Trim and Rectangular Bins:

Unstained Premium Redwood racksFrom its bottle storage capacity, you can tell that this is a compact wine room. But whether you’re looking at these photos or the the cellar in person, it’ll exceed your expectations. We’ll be the first to tell you that these photos don’t lie. This wine room looks and feels super spacious indeed! Cleverly laid out racking aside, the color scheme for this project is key. Notice that the racks are left unstained to bring out the wood’s natural hues. Premium Redwood is the wood choice for this project. This wood includes wood from all parts of the log. That’s why it has a great variety of colors, ranging from whites, pinks, to reddish browns. The lighter shades of the wood open up the space. See how the wine racks complement the flooring as well. The white painted walls and ceiling also help create an easy, airy atmosphere.

Light & easy racking designIt’s quite a common design concept that softer tones make small spaces appear bigger and brighter. They are more reflective, maximizing light’s natural effects. So going with unstained Premium Redwood racks was a smart move. Notice as well how straightforward the racking arrangement is. There are no frills or fancies. It really brings out the quality craftsmanship and seamlessness of the wine racks. After all, “Less is more”! *Cheers*


Clients Give High Recommendation For WCI Custom Creation

November 18th, 2021

When clients say they “like” our work, that really motivates us to do even better. But when they say they “love” our work, that’s on a totally different level. It makes us want to stay in this industry forever! So the high recommendation Sean gave us for this custom creation is just the fuel we need.

One of the things that our clients enjoy with our products and services is the range of options. In terms of racking products, the choices we offer are very robust. They extend to the smaller details. That means we are able to meet any and all wine cellar goals. That includes working out the kinks that can be potential deal-breakers – like the budget. Today’s Testimonial Thursday showcases a lot of that variety  in product options.

Let’s start with the wine racks themselves. Clients wanted an enclosed wine storage as opposed to a formal wine room. As the space is relatively smaller, their budget allowed for custom wine racks. But they decided to splurge a bit more. They wanted to go with a top-grade wood: Grand Mahogany. Note that WCI has an extensive selection of stock and non-stock wood options. We can manufacture wine cellars in any wood commercially available.

The creative process doesn’t end there. Clients are given the opportunity to select from a bevy of stains and finishes. There are also other custom amenities to give racking arrangements a truly professional look. Take a good, long look at clients’ wine cellar. They went with Dark Walnut stain for their racks. They also added some center seam trim and moldings. Lastly, lighting accents were utilized to accentuate the displays in all the right places. The result is a polished layout that reeks of high quality and elegance.

Clients give high recommendation for WCI!

Now here’s where the range of options at WCI can really work their magic. If you want a simple yet “luxe” wine cellar theme on a lower budget, that is still possible. You can use wine rack “kits” instead of going custom. There are affordable choices for your wood, stains and finishes. There are decor and accessories you can swap out. And never forget: we have experienced design consultants who can help you get to where you want to be! ^_^

“We love our cellar! We were recommended to you, and I will recommend Wine Cellar Innovations.”

~Sean M.~


Wine Cellar Inspirations: What It Takes To Be A Wine Curator

November 17th, 2021

So you want to be a wine curator but don’t know where to get started. Is it enough that you love wine and drink lots of it? Do you actually need a degree to be one? If the answer is yes, how much would it cost and would it be worth it? What is the job market like for this kind of profession? Yes, there are just quite a few concerns need to be shed light on. But guess what – we can help you sort them out!

What it takes to be a wine curator

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What is a wine curator?

Let’s start with the million-dollar question: What is a wine curator? Sommeliers, wine directors, wine curators – all these terms refer to someone who is very knowledgeable with wine. But do they mean the same thing? Sommeliers or wine directors sometimes refer to themselves as “curators”. Is there actually a difference? Note that the verb “curate” and the noun “curator” are usually used to describe a person in an art museum. This person is responsible for selecting the art for exhibitions. A wine curator can be equated to this as well. Think along the lines of someone who can draw up particularly good wine lists. Even better, lists that reflect a tightly focused and sharply selective point of view.

What makes a “good” wine curator?

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What makes a “good” wine curator?

In a general sense, one of the jobs of a curator is to offer written interpretations of a collection’s contents. Let’s look at this in the context of a “wine curator”. It’s also someone who can add well researched descriptions to wines on a list. Naturally, the descriptions are added after carefully categorizing the wines. These descriptions can be either broad or specific. They can include information such as provenance, terroir, and vintage. Moreover, one can tailor these “lists” to suit the tastes of a certain person or groups of persons. This attention to detail and meticulousness are the marks of an excellent wine curator. Basically, a person has to possess extensive knowledge of various categories of wine. This is brought about by research and experience. A wine curator will be able to pull up “wine recommendations” on the fly. Sommeliers and wine directors may not necessarily be “curators” following these concepts. Nonetheless, it stands to reason that they CAN be if they want to. They already possess the knowledge of wine categories. They just need to apply it to create “lists” for clients. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #550: Using Wine Shelves In Compact Spaces

November 16th, 2021

There are so many ways to conquer small wine cellar spaces. The design possibilities are actually almost limitless. Today’s Tech Tuesday brings you yet another fantastic storage concept. See how this project uses wine shelves in a compact space:

Project # 329466
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 555
Where: Dayton, OH
Stain: Midnight Black

Wine shelves in compact spacesIndividual Bottle Columns seem to the “standard” when it comes to racking arrangements. As you can see from these photos, this wine cellar utilizes them as well. They are, indeed, great for any type of project, whether it’s a residential or commercial one. But let’s keep in mind that here at WCI, there are so many options available. Our product catalog for wine racks is very generous. So apart from “standard” units, there are also those that can be configured to suit your bottle storage needs. Wine shelves are definitely one of these choices.

Wine shelves w/ Midnight Black StainWine shelves can be fully customized to equip your space. You can never go wrong when you take the custom route. However, we understand that it’s not for everyone. This is definitely the case in terms of budget. Not everyone can afford or is willing to shell out those extra dollars. This is why WCI wine rack “kits” exist. They come in several collections, the most popular of which is the Vintner Series. Vintner is comprised of an abundant selection of racking styles. That includes shelving, cabinetry, and even “kit” versions of some of our elite custom products.

Custom racks & Vintner kitsAs far as wine shelves go, Vintner boasts of an impressive lineup. Some of our favorites include the Adjustable Shelf Cabinet, Open Vertical Display, and Baker Wine Rack. But we are also huge fans of the fancier styles. We highly encourage you guys to check out these lovelies:

It’s best to remember that Vintner and most of our kits possess the trademark WCI “stackable” feature. That means they are easy to work with and combine with other racking units and accessories. This Tech Tuesday, for example, is a mix of custom and Vintner wine racks. *Cheers*


Delightful Under Stairwell Transformation W/ The Revue Series

November 11th, 2021

Ok, we admit it – we are OBSESSED with under stairwell transformations! They are just so delightful and rub us in all the right ways. So when another DIY wine cellar popped up, we couldn’t help but showcase it immediately. Our clients just finished their adorable “wine room under the stairs” (Yes, Harry Potter reference is in order!) and deserves the spotlight:

We are totally smitten with the way this wine storage is set up. Clients made very good use of the Revue Series metal wine racks to achieve this result. The space is a tad awkward, but they certainly made it work. The choice in racking units made a huge difference. For those who are not acquainted with the Revue Series, this is the best time to get started. The racks in this collection are highly versatile and can provide bottle storage for any wine cellar project. Moreover, they are perfect for compact spaces. There are three collections that you can choose from: the Wall Series, the Interlock Series, and the Riddling Series. Naturally, you can combine the units from any of the collections to answer to your wine storage needs. Our clients went with the Wall Series for obvious reasons. They wanted to maximize on their bottle storage capacity. Note that with the Wall Series, you have two options. You can have your racks mounted to a wall or display it floor to ceiling. A floor-to-ceiling frame can be purchased separately for the latter.

You may also notice that there are metal shelves in the wine room. These are the 9 Bottle Wide Display Trays, still courtesy of the Revue Series. We have not featured a lot of projects using these trays. Today’s Testimonial Thursday is a terrific opportunity to do so. The trays can accommodate split and half-sizes, apart from standard bottles. You can also fit a Turley by loading the bottle from the side of the rack. It is very versatile and can be easily combined with other racking units as you can see here. Clients wisely opted for glass panels to complete their delightful under stairwell cellar. So you can actually see there is a bit of wiggle room for a few dozen more bottles! ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Tips In Selling Your Wine Collection

November 10th, 2021

Planning in selling your wine collection? The top advice any wine expert will give is “Don’t be hasty!” The process involves more than knowing how much your bottles are worth. There are other factors to consider so you can sell it your bottles in the best way possible. We’ll help you out by outlining the steps you can use once you’ve made up your mind to sell your collection:

Tips in selling your wine collection

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Check the market for the best time to sell

So the very first thing we recommend is to check the wine market. There are wines that better during certain times of the year. Wines like Rosé and White Burgundy sell most often in the late spring and early summer. Champagne, on the other hand, usually sells best during the late fall and early winter. You should be extra careful if you plan to sell during the hottest or coldest months of the year. Note that wine is difficult to ship under poor weather conditions. This equals to an increase in shipping costs.

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Do a thorough inventory of your collection 

When selling wine, timing is super important. This is why you have to do a thorough inventory of your collection. Wines that are approaching maturity should be considered first. You’ll need to decide on the best time to sell them. Check labels that are considered “hot” on the market. These will be easier to dispose. Set aside labels that are considered “rare”. Research the market so you’ll be aware of fair price points for these bottles. You don’t want to just sell them on a whim and get shortchanged in the process.

Select the best selling platform

Now you’re all ready to sell your collection. The last step is to choose the best selling platform. Will it be in person? Or should you do it online? Find out how to sell to specific buyers looking for niche vintages. There are pros and cons to every platform. So study them carefully to find out which one works best for your needs. Some are okay with “DIY sales” wherein they do everything themselves. They have full control over the selling process. This means low selling fees which is great. However, if you are inexperienced, you might end up getting shortchanged. You’ll also likely need to pay a wine seller’s license. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #549: Simple But Remarkable Light Danish Stain Racks

November 9th, 2021

Can a simple wine cellar be remarkable as well? Can the two style concepts co-exist? Let’s have today’s Tech Tuesday show us the ropes. This wine room exudes understated elegance. Nonetheless, once you’ve seen it, it will definitely leave a lasting impression:

Project # 338131
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Nolensville, TN
Stain: Light Danish

Simple but remarkable lightly stained racksWe’ll go over the specific details of this project to find out what makes it click. First, there’s the wood choice for the wine racks. Clients went with Grand Mahogany which is at the higher end of our product lineup. It may be a tad pricey compared to other stock wood options, but those extra dollars are worth it. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood that is extremely attractive. One of the reasons for that is its uniform color. You’ll notice that the wood colors only vary slightly, from medium to pale pinks. But it’s not all just about appearances. Grand Mahogany is also quite remarkable when it comes to durability and resiliency. In fact, it’s on par with Cherry and Sapele in terms of hardness, density, and grain texture. It’s also no slouch when it comes to its durability and stability. The wood can hold its own against top gunners like Cherry Wood and Maple.

Now you might think that a quality wood like this needs fancy stains or finishes to dress it up. It’s certainly not the case. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but slightly interlocked in some cases. That’s why it absorbs types of stains and finished very well, including lighter stains. In this project, a Light Danish stain option was used for the racking units. See how the soft, golden stain accentuates the tones and grains the wine racks. It is said that this stain develops best on lighter-colored woods. Since Grand Mahogany has a uniform color to boot, Light Danish looks amazing on it. The result is a seamless looking racking assembly that is timeless yet with a luxe feel. It’s indeed an example of a simple and remarkable style! *Cheers*


Of Raised Panel Ceilings And Blended Stain Wine Racks

November 4th, 2021

How important are ceilings in a wine cellar project? You may or may not agree with us, but the reality is that they have a significant role to play. In terms of function, wine cellar ceilings actually help a lot on maintaining ideal storage conditions. Remember that it’s not just about installing a wine cellar cooling system. Other details in the structural make-up of your project need to be carefully considered as well. Cue in: wine cellar ceilings. They help with insulation and bringing maintenance costs down.

Obviously, they also have a lot to contribute in the style department. Without a doubt, the ceilings add aesthetic value to your wine cellar. Just check out today’s Testimonial Thursday feature. It’s a terrific illustration of how they can bring more character to your wine room. Our clients went with the Raised Panel option. The design at the outset is clean and pretty much seamless. This is why it’s quite popular as it works with just about any wine cellar theme. Notice how it opens up the room to give it a more spacious and airy feel. The panels are either simple square or rectangular shapes, accentuated by soffits. You can play around with the design by customizing either the panels or soffits both. For example, you can go for curved raised panels to match your curved corner racks. You can also choose to have decorative soffits for a fancier touch. There is also the “no soffit” option. The panels will then be more defined and showcase a lot more depth. The “no soffit” style works really well with recessed lighting elements.

Raised Panel CeilingsAs for the racking assembly, the clients also chose to have the same customized. They chose Premium Redwood for the racking units and a blended stain option to boot. Thanks to our blended stains, we are able to meet any and all design needs. We can blend any of our current stains to create something totally personalized for our clients. We can even take a custom match and match it up. So even if there are existing wine racks and/or furniture, it’s easy to give everything a uniform appearance. And yes, we can match up the shades on those ceilings, too! ^_^


Wine Cellar Innovations: Possible Wine Shortage & 2021 Holidays

November 3rd, 2021

We’ve heard and experienced so many types of wine shortages, especially last year. But has a wine shortage ever crossed our radar? Probably not. But the reality is that it may happen. What’s more lamentable is the possibility that 2021 might be the year wine lovers will experience it. Let’s take a look at what has transpired so far:

Possible 2021 wine shortage?

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Shipping and labor issues…

One of the biggest difficulties that wineries experienced since last year were shipping and labor issues. The big wineries all over the country shared their experiences regarding this. The vice-president of Jackson Family Winery raised some pretty good points. He said in a published interview: “It’s starting to catch up to, I think, everybody. We have plenty of wine in our cellar. And it’s just a matter of increasing the rigor in our planning process to make sure that nobody’s out of stock.” Admittedly, the matter is not at an alarming level yet. After all, pandemic- related labor shortages have affected so many businesses.

One of the hardest hit ones is the trucking industry. This resulted in backlogs in shipping and delivery. That’s also why there are products that have been harder to acquire compared to others. This is especially the case with some types of wines. But this is probably where shortage “crisis” lies. There is certainly no need to panic buy when it comes to the standard labels. That being said, it is recommended to update your wine list as early as now. This way, you can take note of the more “rare” labels & buy them while they’re in stock.

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The problem on glass bottle shortage…

Not surprisingly, the onslaught of the pandemic year led to glass bottle shortages as well. Naturally, this led to a shortage of wine as well, per some experts. Several states in the U.S testified to feeling the impact of this occurrence. Tennessee is one of those states. Some big wineries in that area said their sales have dropped due to supply chain issues. But here’s where the issue really lies: the demand for alcohol did not change. Indeed, despite the pandemic bringing so many problems, alcohol demand remained high. In fact, it even reached a record high. Reports recorded alcohol sales outside of bars and restaurants rising  to 24% since last year. Then again, there is still no real crisis to be alarmed about. The shortage is focused more on rarer wine labels. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #548: Edgy Knotty Alder Racking Assembly

November 2nd, 2021

Don’t you just love a wine cellar transformation done right? This edgy Knotty Alder racking assembly is definitely on our list. Our clients were very satisfied with the results and we can see why. Let’s check out all the fine deets on this project:

Project # 329595
Wood: Custom/ Knotty Alder
Bottle Capacity: 400
Where: Cumming, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Egdy Knotty Alder wine racksThis space in clients’ home might seem a bit awkward at first glance. But the potential was there and our design team made sure to bring that out. The decision to go with custom wine racks was certainly on point. You can see from the photos how the racks were really fitted to the compact area. The transition is seamless and the racking assembly sports a clean, professional look. Plus, we love the use of black metal trim on the glass panels. It gives the wine cellar an edgy, modern vibe:

Dark Walnut stain lends an edgy lookNow let’s talk about the wood choice for this project. Knotty Alder belongs to the Select Hardwoods category in WCI’s catalogue. That means it’s not one of our “stock” wood options. Thus, the pricing is done to order and may be subject to market fluctuation. Nonetheless, it is worth the cost. One of the major reasons why Knotty Alder is sought after is because of its natural colors. Unstained, the wood is composed of light brown shades. However, you will also see some variations, from pale yellows to reddish-brown. The wood often features a variety of different-sized knots like Rustic Pine, though not as uniform. Plus, there are parts that have no knots at all. Knotty Alder absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. It’s quite easy to get the look that you want for the wood with the right stain/finish combo.

Loving the edgy look on Knotty Alder racksOur clients chose Dark Walnut stain for their racking units. This worked perfectly against the natural soft hues of Knotty Alder. Dark Walnut is designed to deepen almost all shades of wood. But the stain is even more amplified in lighter colored woods. You can also see how the racks and flooring complement each other. This wine cellar is everything the clients wanted and more! *Cheers*